Nordbye takes commanding lead in primary race
With early results from Clackamas, Hood River and Multnomah counties, Peter Nordbye appeared to be headed to an easy defeat of Marv Hollingsworth in the Democratic primary for House District 52.
During his candidacy, Nordbye has taken an unconventional route, only accepting local money from constituents in the district - not groups or businesses - and in $50, individual donations. It appears Nordbye will likely run against incumbent Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, this fall.
'A lot of people said we couldn't do it - that we were naive,' Nordbye said. 'People are concerned about money interfering with politics, and this is an alternative that is exciting to many people. We're presenting an option that goes against the traditional way of campaigning.'
Nordbye received 55.06 percent of votes in Multnomah County, 67.1 percent of votes in Clackamas County and 72.50 percent of votes in Hood River County.
He and Jan Smith, the Neighbors for Nordbye campaign manager, said they would continue their campaign philosophy through the general election, relying heavily on volunteers and meetings among neighbors.
Nordbye campaign funds are in a deficit, and Johnson has a $10,000 lead in fundraising going into the general election, but Nordbye and Smith are not deterred.
'It's going to be hard to overcome (Johnson's campaign) but we can overcome it together,' Smith said. 'Folks are sick and tired of big money.'